Program of the Ceremony for the granting of the Ukrainian Autocephaly, to be held at the Phanar on January 5
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“We are pleased to announce that His Beatitude Metropolitan Epifaniy of Kyiv and All Ukraine will be arriving in Constantinople on the morning of Saturday, January 5 with his venerable suite, in order to make his formal irenic visit to the Ecumenical Patriarchate.

At 11:30, the eminent visitor to the Mother Church will attend the doxology in the Patriarchal Church, and then will be officially received by His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew and his venerable hierarchy in the throne room, where the signing ceremony of the tomos proclaiming the autocephaly of the Most Holy Church of Ukraine will be performed.  Addresses will follow, in the presence also of His Excellency Petro Poroshenko, the President of Ukraine.

On Sunday, January 6, during the solemnity of the Holy Theophany, His Beatitude the Metropolitan will concelebrate in the Patriarchal Church with His All-Holiness the Ecumenical Patriarch and the hierarchs of both Churches. After reading the Holy Gospel, His Holiness the Ecumenical Patriarch will hand the tomos of autocephaly to His Beatitude Metropolitan Epifaniy. Official addresses and commemorative gifts will be exchanged between the two primates.
The solemn concelebration will be followed by the ceremony of the blessing of the waters on the pier of the Phanar, presided by both primates”

Source in Greek

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Emma Cazabonne

Emma Cazabonne

Emma Cazabonne was born and raised in France. She taught English before entering the Cistercian Order. She translated and published articles relevant to her interest in Cistercian spirituality, the Middle Ages, and Orthodoxy. She moved to the United States in 2001, converted to Orthodoxy in 2008, and married. Her husband is an Orthodox priest. She continued to publish articles, a Cistercian texts anthology, then finally launched her career in literary translation, while teaching French. If you are interested in having your book translated into French, she can be contacted here https://wordsandpeace.com/contact-me/

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